[tex-live] apparent bug in detex

cfrees at imapmail.org cfrees at imapmail.org
Wed Nov 3 01:57:02 CET 2010

On Tue 2nd Nov, 2010 at 20:24, Victor Ivrii seems to have written:

> On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM,  <cfrees at imapmail.org> wrote:
>> On Mon 1st Nov, 2010 at 22:16, Karl Berry seems to have written:
>>>   pdftotext is already part of TeX Live.
>>> For Windows only.   (As with many other generic tools.)
>> I do have pdftotext (though not from TeX Live, obviously) but whenever
>> I've tried to use it it has taken simply forever to produce any output
>> even for quite small documents. I would not like to try this method on
>> a paper of even 3,000 words - never mind 8,000 or more.
>> - cfr
>>>   BTW, pdftotext -layout yields amazingly good results.
>>> Yes :).
> On my intel macs (including 4 y.o. underpowered MacBookPro) works
> almost momentarily

This would likely still be faster than a G4 (should be, anyway) but
when I say "slow" I mean really, really slow -
go off for coffee, get distracted and watch a movie, make dinner and
finally remember you left the computer doing something and pdftotext
likely still hasn't finished. Usually, I just lost patience and aborted
it. I think it did sometimes finish and seemed to extract the text OK
but it would usually be quicker to open the file and type out the words
into an editor, to be honest. And I never tried running it on an even
small-medium sized pdf. Maybe a few paragraphs at most.


> Victor
> ========================
> Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
> http://www.math.toronto.edu/ivrii

More information about the tex-live mailing list